By Bruce Northam



Vietnam to host 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum

10 Destinations Developing One Vision

Twenty-five years ago, as Vietnam emerged from two decades of isolation, the headline was ‘Good Morning, Vietnam.’ Today, with the country’s infrastructure finally at the point where it can accommodate First World expectations, a more apt headline is ‘Good Evening, Vietnam.”

Southeast Asia is a 10-country amalgam of incredibly diverse cultures that’s being continuously unified by ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Bonding like a European Union-style community poses several challenges—in developmental terms, ASEAN member states range from wealthy Singapore and Brunei to agrarian Laos and Cambodia. Politically, members include democratic Philippines and Indonesia, and military-ruled Burma.

Vietnam, the Host Country of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) to be held in Ha Long Bay, is all ready to make a lasting impression on its 1500 delegates. They comprise of ministerial, NTO, official meeting delegates, as well as TRAVEX suppliers from across all 10 ASEAN member states, international buyers and media pools. ATF TRAVEX, renowned for being the largest and most diverse showcase of ASEAN suppliers, will play witness to ASEAN travel trade industry exhibitors from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, connecting with hosted buyers and media representatives from around the world.

The 3-day ATF TRAVEX 2019, which commences from 16 January till 18 January, will aggregate 75 official sessions with the Host Country organizing a program packed with numerous social activities that include, Pre-and Post-Show Tours, an Opening Ceremony, a Welcome Reception and Dinner, a Friendly Golf Game and a Farewell Party for all ATF delegates.

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